Belgian authorities release brother of Paris attacker: prosecutor

Police officers stand guard outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris, following a series of attacks in and around the city, on November 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Brussels (AFP) - Belgian authorities on Monday released five out of the seven suspects who were arrested at the weekend after the Paris attacks, including the brother of one of the suicide bombers, prosecutors said.

Mohamed Abdeslam -- whose brother Brahim took part in the attacks and whose other brother Salah is being hunted by police -- was freed "without being charged," a spokesman for the prosecutor told AFP.